I) Biological-nano Interactions: This session will focus on single biological systems interacting with nanomaterials or nanotechnologies. Examples of topics of interest for this session are, but not limited to, nanomedicine (e.g. drug delivery, origami DNA, protein corona); nano and plants, nano and model microorganisms, nano and model animals. This session will be based on simple biological systems to gain a fundamental understanding of interactions of different nanomaterials/nanotechnologies with different biological systems.
II) Chemical-nano interactions: This session will focus on the interactions of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies exposed to different media and environmental chemistries. In this session, physico-chemical interactions in more simplified systems, such as, but not limited to, photocatalysis, adsorption properties of nanomaterials, effects of chemistries in aggregation and degradation of nanomaterials, and other types of chemical interactions studies will be welcomed in this session. This session will also focus on the interaction of nanomaterials/nanotechnologies with chemicals or chemical contaminants in the environment.
III) Ecological-nano interactions: This session will focus on interactions of nanomaterials or nanotechnologies with complex ecological systems, such as air, water, and soil. The bioaccumulation, fate, transport and interaction of nanostructured materials and nanosystems on ecosystems, such as air, water and soil will be relevant for this session. This session will be focused on the integration of nanomaterials/nanotechnologies with chemical and biological systems in ecosystems. Examples of investigations for ecological-nano interactions could be in wetlands, air, wastewater treatment plants and landfills. This session will focus in complex environments where both biological and chemical environmental aspects will play roles in fate, bioaccumulation, transport, degradation of nanomaterials/nanotechnologies.
IV) Nanomanufacturing: This session will focus on new methods to produce more sustainable nanomaterials and nanosystems. It will also focus on manufacturing and green chemistry of nanomaterials and nanostructures, including one- to three-dimensional nanostructures, heterogeneous nano-bio hybrid assemblies, and other nanoparticles for different applications. Scaling up of nanomanufacturing processes research will be accepted in this session as well. Note that this session will not give focus on the physico-chemical or biological properties of new nanomaterials. This will be covered by the Chemical-nano and bio-nano interactions sessions, respectively.
V) Nanoinformatics and Modeling: This session will focus on development of predictive tools based on the fundamental behavior of nanostructures within biological and ecological matrices or simulations of nanoparticle behavior at interfaces and new theories and simulation approaches for determining the transport and transformation of nanoparticles in various media.
VI) Sustainability : This session will focus on different applications of nanomaterials, ethical and regulatory issues in nano (e.g. global warming), life cycle analyses and recycling of nanomaterials, as well as nano education.
VII) Education and entrepreneurship: This session will focus on aspects of teaching nanomaterials and nanotechnologies. Novel approaches to teach nanomaterials and nanotechnology in academia as well as curriculum development. In this session there will be also discussions on how to apply academic research to startups and industrial innovations. We will also discuss programs available in different countries for innovation and entrepreneurship.